Yesterday was #GivingTuesday, a global day of philanthropy and charitable giving. For the eighth year, Calvert School joined organizations from around the world in this special day of giving.
Once again, our wonderful Calvert community, gave support to the School by answering phones and giving online throughout the day. Together, we raised $119,809 for the Calvert Fund from 177 donors. Through this support, students like Emanuel, Cate, and Anna leave Calvert with the core skills they need to influence and impact their lives — and the world.
We recently sat down with current Calvert teacher Skip Howe ’77. In 2018, Skip received the Deborah Dorsey Albert ’44 Award for his outstanding contribution to the life and mission of Calvert School. The award in turn has also had an outstanding impact on him. In our conversation, we learned more.
Director of Alumni Engagement Christina Taler traveled to California to meet with Calvert alumni and attend the Baltimore Homecoming reception in Los Angeles. Julie Bowen ’81 hosted the event and was joined by Molly Luetkemeyer '79, Ru Belt '96, and Betsy Mastropieri '05.
At Calvert School, we are proud of the high-quality education we provide for students within the classroom, but we recognize that childhood development does not begin and end at the schoolhouse door.
On the playground and outside of class, boys and girls build relationships, learn vital social skills, and develop traits and mannerisms that they will carry for the rest of their lives. These formative years are crucial for teaching responsibility and leadership at a time when students are biologically craving such experiences.
Bob founded the practice which eventually became the Whistleblower Law Collaborative in 2003 to represent whistleblowers in qui tam actions under the False Claims Act. “In a lot of ways, it was an outgrowth of my stint as a prosecutor.”
This fall, 22 Calvert Middle Schoolers participated in the 11th Annual Yale Certamen, a quiz-bowl style game for students of Latin, Greek, and classical civilizations. Ten Seventh Graders and 12 Eighth Graders competed virtually and took on schools from across the country, with our Eighth Graders appearing as the only middle school team in their division.
Calvert School is proud to announce that Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Timika Tyson has been asked to co-chair the 34th Annual NAIS People of Color Conference (PoCC), the flagship event of the National Association of Independent Schools' commitment to equity and justice in teaching, learning, and organizational development.
This fall, Head Master Andrew Holmgren hosted four virtual grade-level BEEtalks to share updates on School activities and answer questions from parents. More than 90 parents joined these informative sessions. Parents were invited to submit questions and suggest topics for discussion ahead of time and during the meetings.
Throughout the last two years, nearly 425 parents, alumni, and friends rallied together and raised $16,059,812 for Calvert School through the Calvert 125 Campaign. A record-breaking $11 million of those commitments have been received already.
Yale senior Isabelle Webster ’13 recently received the Nick Colleluori Award, given to a team member who exhibits the same selflessness, team spirit, and relentlessness that Colleluori displayed on and off the field. Congratulations Isabelle!
On Friday, October 22, Head Master Andrew Holmgren hosted the Calvert School Virtual Town Hall at Blakehurst Senior Living. Calvert alumni, past parents, and friends enjoyed hearing about the exciting things happening on campus this year. Alumni in attendance included Hill Michaels ’51 and Pattsy Swindell ’51.
Calvert welcomed back a successful High School Night on Wednesday, October 6th. Admission representatives from local and national high schools were in attendance to meet Calvert’s Eighth Grade students and promote their schools.
On October 12, almost a year after his virtual alumni talk, John Waters ’58 returned to Calvert for a tour of the School. He explored the Black Box Theater and hopped back on stage in the Lower School auditorium, the site of some of his earliest performances.
Here at Calvert, our boys and girls gain a solid educational foundation that will support them through their studies and beyond — and for all students, that begins with a focus on reading. From learning sight words and phonics in Fifth and Sixth Ages to using in-depth research for their Eighth Grade Castalia projects, Calvert boys and girls develop new reading skills and practices at every stage of their academic journey, and these lessons not only stick with students as they grow — they have a direct effect on their young brains.
For Kendall ’18 and Lauren ’19, playing lacrosse with each other is second nature. The two first picked up a lacrosse stick around four or five and honed their skills with catch together in the front yard.
Excited footsteps now echo through the halls of Kiddie Calvert Cross Keys, where dozens of children are beginning their education in Calvert School’s new child care facility. A second location for the School’s expanding Kiddie Calvert program, Kiddie Calvert Cross Keys opened its doors on September 7 and celebrated its debut with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that included staff and current students.
“You can trace most of what I’m doing today to the planetarium in some way or another,” said tech innovator Will Gee ’89 as he began his talk on the past, present, and future of virtual (VR) and augmented reality (AR).
Cloud Quarngesser Conrad '73, a dementia caregiver trainer and mentor, led alumni in a discussion of cognitive decline on Thursday, July 8.
In her talk, Cloud emphasized that signs of "normal" aging include occasional word loss, mild forgetfulness, slower to process thoughts, moodiness, less social engagement, loss of muscle strength, and a decrease in fine motor skills, to name a few. However, worrisome developments are those that interfere with daily living or memory lapses from which a person cannot recover.
Calvert alumni and their families came together at Sky Zone Timonium for a DJ Glow Night, conquering trampolines, dodgeball, warrior courses, and other fun games. We hope you will join us for the next one!
Ever since I was very young, I’ve had a natural curiosity for the world around me - namely, towards all animals. No matter where life has taken me, that fact has remained the same and has guided me in my decision to pursue a career in biology. After all, there’s nothing that I enjoy more in the world than learning about nature. It’s always been my dream to discover a new species or make some other breakthrough.
Congratulations to Calvert alumnus Luke Woodworth ’19! Luke placed first in six sailing races during the 2020-2021 school year, including the Olympic Development Program i420 Regatta and North American Championship.
Parents, alumni, and friends of the school gathered at Gibson Island on Thursday, July 8. Betsey Hobelmann ’87 and her family sponsored the lunch, where attendees learned more about current events at Calvert with an update from Elizabeth Martin, Head of Lower School.
I am incredibly excited to be the new President of the Alumni Association Board of Governors. This is a highly dynamic community of 3,312 Calvert alumni represented in nearly every state (47), more than 14 countries, and six continents.
Calvert alumni gathered virtually earlier this month to explore conversations around diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Filmmaker and educator André Robert Lee led this thought-provoking discussion and began with a presentation to help guide the dialogue.
On May 20, Joan Allan Aleshire '50 shared knowledge and excerpts from her book of poetry Happily, which examines a childhood of privilege and difference in a remarkable Baltimore family during the 1940s and '50s.
Once again, COVID-19 necessitated that Calvert's alumni reunion weekend on Saturday, May 8, 2021, be held virtually.
The day began with the All Alumni Board Meeting, featuring a follow-up COVID-19 discussion with Dr. Annie Luetkemeyer '84 and Dr. Keith Flaherty '83. Almost exactly one year prior, the two answered questions from the alumni community, sharing their findings from clinical trials for COVID-19, including those researching convalescent plasma and remdesivir, an IV antiviral drug that helps block the disease from replicating.
Please join us in welcoming teacher, coach, and advisor Sarah DeCamps to the Calvert community! This fall, Sarah will join the Calvert School team as the new director of the Institute For Leadership & Purpose. We recently caught up with Sarah to learn more about her teaching style, leadership philosophy, and goals for the ILP.
On April 23, more than 240 students from nearly 30 independent schools gathered virtually for the 2021 Middle School Student Leadership in Diversity Conference (MSSLDC). Hosted and co-sponsored by Calvert School, the conference included workshops for students and teachers and featured a thought-provoking keynote from filmmaker André Robert Lee.
By the time the Maine Mineral & Gem Museum opened its doors in 2019, co-founders Dr. Lawrence "Larry” Stifler ’53 and Mary McFadden had been working on the project for almost 15 years, but Larry’s passion for science goes back much further. A philanthropist who supports conservation and education, Larry can trace his interest back 70 years – to Ninth Age, when he received a scholarship to attend Calvert School.
Annie Ai-Li Wu’s father is a physician at Johns Hopkins Hospital. But that is not the main reason she decided to be a doctor. “My initial interest in medicine began when I was about age seven, when I learned that my nine-year old brother was battling leukemia,” she recalled. The gravity of his illness hit her when she saw him start losing his hair at the age of ten.
Filmmaker and activist André Robert Lee, creator of The Prep School Negro, visited Calvert School virtually Thursday, April 22, for a full day of discussion about race and equity centered on his latest documentary, The Road to Justice. Throughout the day, Lee engaged with students in Tenth Age through Eighth Grade during virtual workshops that encouraged the students to speak up when they see or experience inequity.
One hundred and twenty-five Calvert parents, alumni, friends, and community members “shared the love” this week and easily surpassed the participation goal for this year’s spring fundraising push. This generous group of donors raised more than $33,000 for the Calvert Fund and unlocked an inspiring $7,500 matching gift from Kelly & Associates – all within 48 hours!
Political journalist and Columbia University adjunct professor David Freedlander ’90 took the Calvert community through his new book, The AOC Generation: How Millennials Are Seizing Power and Rewriting the Rules of American Politics, Thursday during a virtual visit with alumni. The book, which debuted last month, presents an unbiased look at how millennials are changing politics in the United States.
In recognition of Women’s History Month, we caught up with Calvert alumna Christabella “Bella” Palumbi ’16, a software engineer and hackathon organizer whose work has been featured in Baltimore Magazine and Technical.ly Baltimore. As a notable young woman in tech, Bella advocates for young people in a traditionally older, male-dominated field.
Middle School families gathered 770 toiletries and infant-care products for House of Ruth this week in a supply drive led by members of the Diversity and Girls Collaborative clubs. Held March 29 to April 1, the drive quickly exceeded its goal of 500 items, and all donations will directly benefit women, children, and families throughout Maryland.
A portrait of esteemed lawyer, businessman, philanthropist, and Calvert School alumnus Francis “Frank” J. Carey, Jr. ’38 now hangs in the Middle School that bears his name thanks to the W. P. Carey Foundation.
Calvert Middle Schoolers got “creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky” this month as they debuted the School’s seventh successful winter musical, The Addams Family. Prerecorded and streamed online, the production included 45 student performers, stage crew members, and set creators, and more than 100 families registered to attend each show.
Long before author and historian Martha "Martie" Frick Symington Sanger ’56 walked the halls of 105 Tuscany Road, her great-grandfather, Henry Clay Frick, was a powerful and controversial figure in America’s Gilded Age.
According to the latest estimates, more than 6 million Americans are currently struggling with Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive brain disease marked by memory issues and loss of cognitive function – and for most sufferers, the diagnosis comes far too late. Neurology professor and Calvert alumnus Dr. Beau Ances ’84 is working to change that.
Happy Pi Day from Calvert! Last week our Ninth and Tenth Agers participated in a Pi Day challenge to memorize as many digits of pi as possible! Tenth Ager Alex M. set a new Lower School record with 453 digits! Ninth Ager, Sanya D. memorized an impressive 202 digits! Alex and Sanya each received a pie baked by Mrs. Briggs and other winners look forward to a virtual pie baking activity with Mrs. Whitman and Mrs. Martin. #CalvertSchool #PiDay
Anne Stone ’53, and her siblings, Jack Luetkemeyer ’53 and Jean Prema ’57, grew up in a household where the value of giving back was instilled at an early age. Their parents, John and Anne McLanahan Luetkemeyer ’27, made sure the children appreciated and cared for the institutions for whom they benefited.
More than 200 members of the Calvert community tuned in this afternoon for an online ceremony announcing Calvert 125, a fundraising campaign in honor of the School’s 125th anniversary. This exciting campaign aims to raise $14.5 million to benefit four priorities: financial aid, the Calvert Fund, the Institute for Leadership & Purpose (ILP), and the upcoming Luetkemeyer Athletic Center.
Todd Stokes ’75 first came to Calvert in 1972, after his mother realized he was not being challenged in public school. He started halfway through Ninth Age, shortly after the winter holidays, and remembers walking into the building on his first day.
Calvert boys and girls across both divisions learned about Black activists, authors, performing artists, and more this February in honor of Black History Month. Throughout the month, students participated in discussions of diversity and identity while celebrating African-American achievement.
Please join us in celebrating our multilingual Mighty Bees! While last year’s foreign language award ceremonies were canceled due to COVID-19, we are proud to highlight students’ achievements in French, Spanish, and Latin, including impressive placements on national foreign language exams. Congratulations to all who participated!
Calvert students circled the globe last week during our twelfth International Week, a five-day celebration of diversity and world cultures. Beginning February 2, this year’s event highlighted Colombia, Vietnam, New Zealand, Kenya, and Switzerland.
Financial advisors Blake Sheehan ’00 and Paul Snyder ’00 met with Calvert alumni this week to review last year’s economic ups and downs and give advice for navigating this uncertain time. During their virtual talk – held yesterday, February 4 – the pair shared emerging financial trends for 2021.
One hundred and sixty Calvert community members tuned in yesterday for A Night with John Waters ’58, a virtual Q&A and fundraiser in support of Calvert’s teachers. Hosted by Director of Academic Affairs Sarah Crowley, the discussion centered on Waters’ early days at Calvert and raised $30,000 to benefit our amazing faculty.
Calvert families collected 64 boxes of nonperishable food and wrote more than 100 letters of gratitude last week as the School celebrated the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Organized by teachers Sean Donmoyer, Lori Wlodarczyk, and Sandry Sachar, the MLK Jr. Week of Community Engagement spanned January 19-22 and replaced Calvert’s annual day of service.
Calvert Eighth Graders raced onto Krongard Field this afternoon for an on-campus version of the Cool Schools Plunge, a fundraiser supporting Special Olympics Maryland. In just one week, our incredible Mighty Bees raised over $7,200, earning Calvert a spot as one of the top three teams.
Like millions of other Americans, cybersecurity expert Ryan Paal ’96 has spent the last year working from home. Unlike most, though, he deeply understands the dangers of each stray click and fishy email. As a member of the JPMorgan Chase red team, Ryan leads simulated cyberattacks against the firm to identify security weaknesses – and on Thursday, he shared some digital do's and don’ts with the Calvert community.
Calvert School won a 2020 Silver InspirED School Marketers Brilliance Award this week for a comforting and creative COVID-19 safety video shared before the first day of school. Praised for its “feel-good” nature and fun attitude, the video took second place in the Brilliance Awards’ COVID-19 Communications category, claiming a top spot over other impressive submissions.